Monday 26 October 2009

The realities of fighting in Afghanistan

I have remarked before that it is not easy to follow the military campaign in Afghanistan. Whilst there are daily reports of attacks and casualties, it is harder to find detailed assessments of what is actually happening. Recently I have come across accounts of two of the most spectacular battles involving US troops in Afghanistan. I strongly advise you to read them. Both incidents occurred in Nuristan. The first occurred at Combat Outpost Kahler in Wanat on 13 July last year. During this engagement nine US soldiers were killed and the outpost was almost overrun. Then, on 3 October this year, in a near-identical incident, eight more US soldiers (and many more ANA soldiers) died during a 36-hour battle at Combat Outpost Keating. Highly recommended.

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